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    Franklin D. Roosevelt Typed Letter Signed "Franklin D. Roosevelt" as president. One page, 6.5" x 8" (sight), Washington, D.C.; December 15, 1942. Typed on White House letterhead, the letter is addressed to Supreme Court Justice Frank Murphy. The short note reads, in full:

    "I have read with interest your letter of December 8 recommending prompt consideration of various aspects of the Philippines situation. As always I am glad to have your views on the important question of our relations with the Philippines. You will be interested to know that we have under active consideration the matters you have in mind." The letter is matted and framed alongside a lithograph of FDR to the overall size of 19.75" x 13.75".

    Murphy (1890-1949) had previously served as the Governor General of the Philippine Islands and High Commissioner of the Philippines, appointed by FDR. The Philippines had been part of the United States commonwealth since the end of the Spanish-American War. After the Japanese formed an alliance with Germany and Italy in 1940, the U.S. strengthened their military presence in the Philippines to defend the islands from attack. On December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and coordinated an invasion of the Philippines. FDR was forced to order American forces to withdraw from the Philippines on February 22, 1942.

    Condition: Flattened centerfold, else very good.

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